Redevelopment begins to create multi-million pound health and wellbeing campus

Exciting news for Shipley!

Work has started on Shipley’s new Health, Well-being and Community Campus (HWCC) at The Old School building on Farfield Road.

The £3m project, which has been Government funded through the Shipley Towns Fund, is intended to transform the way mental health and well-being services are delivered in Shipley.

The former school building will undergo a complete refurbishment, with work carried out by local contractors Whittaker and Leach.

It will include a new atrium, communal space and gardens for both building users and local people to enjoy.

A variety of health and well-being activities, along with early help and prevention support for all age groups, will be available at the state-of-the-art centre.

The facility will continue to be run by founding member charity, The Cellar Trust.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “It’s no understatement to say that this new community facility will be invaluable, delivering improved access to a wide-range of mental and physical health services.

“It will change the way people can access support and will ultimately help to change people’s lives for the better.”

The Cellar Trust CEO, Kim Shutler, said: “Our objective is to work in partnership to enhance health and well-being services in Shipley, improving access for local residents.

“The new centre will also serve as a hub for skills development, training, and enterprise through its support for new voluntary, community and social enterprises so they can innovate, collaborate and grow.

“By bringing people together, we also believe the centre will benefit other local businesses and services in Shipley.”

Chair of the Shipley Towns Fund Board, Adam Clerkin, added: “We’re thrilled at the progress made and excited to see the new facility take shape over the coming months.

“As a result of Government funding, with full support from Bradford Council, The Cellar Trust team are delivering on their mission to improve mental health support for Shipley and beyond.”

Services will be available for the whole community and will particularly focus on supporting vulnerable people.

There will be large rooms for groups and events, smaller activity rooms, consulting rooms for clinical and non-clinical interventions as well as a multi-faith and contemplation space.

Office and co-working space has also been set aside for health and well-being providers and social enterprises.

The new facilities are expected to open in summer 2025.

Safe Spaces wins 3rd Sector Care Award for collaboration

Safe Spaces wins 3rd Sector Care Award for collaboration

The Cellar Trust and Mind in Bradford are delighted Safe Spaces crisis service has been recognised at the 3rd Sector Care Awards today winning the Collaboration (Integration) Award for our partnership.

This award recognises ways of working in partnership with other organisations or services, achieving outcomes that would otherwise not have been achieved.
A huge well done to our hardworking Safe Spaces staff, volunteers and partners who deserve this fantastic recognition for making a positive difference to people’s lives across the District.

3rd Sector Care Awards announced: “[Safe Spaces] is the perfect example of collaboration and integration – working with nine other organisations to provide ‘all age’ support.”

Wharfe Valley Pathways Closing in Ilkley

Wharfe Valley Pathways Closing in Ilkley

It is with regret we are announcing the closure of Wharfe Valley Pathways. Due to changes to the funding structure, we are no longer able to sustainably deliver this project.

Since 2021 Wharfe Valley Pathways has provided accessible and non-judgmental support for people in Ilkley and the surrounding area who have experienced challenges to their health and wellbeing. This has included support around mental health, benefits and housing, access to foodbanks, substance use, domestic abuse, health and wellness, as well as referrals to other organisations.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks to NHS Integrated Care Board, Wharfedale Community Health Partnership, Christchurch Ilkley, Primary Care Network, Social Prescribers, Carers’ Resource and residents of Ilkley and surrounding areas.

Since July 2023:

  • 164 unique people have attended the group sessions
  • 83 individuals have received support through 1:1 appointments
  • 151 people have attended drop ins


“Since I started coming I’ve felt really comfortable and the group has not been judgmental. It’s helped me manage my anxiety, it’s just like having the tool kit.

I am listening and learning from other people and they’re able to relate to what’s happening for me. I feel included and my confidence has improved.”

Wharfe Valley Pathways Attendee


Wharfe Valley Pathways is a partnership project delivered by Keighley Healthy Living’s Mental Health Connect programme with supporting charities Project 6 and The Cellar Trust. The project will continue to offer one-to-one appointments until its final day of delivery 28th March 2024.

Mental Health Connect are delighted to continue to offer group support sessions at Christchurch in Ilkley on Thursdays 10 am to 12 pm from 4th April 2024, under the new name ‘Wharfedale Wellness Together.’

Wharfedale Wellness Together will be open to anyone in need of support, feeling low or isolated on a drop-in basis. For updates about the new service please visit Keighley Healthy Living on Facebook.

To make a referral for one-to-one support with Mental Health Connect, please visit: or email